A Week in Westminster: New MP for Grimsby and Cleethorpes Melanie Onn is straight to work

Newly elected Labour MP Melanie Onn for Great Grimsby & Cleethorpes
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A travellers' illegal encampment in Grimsby, Corporation Bridge delays and meetings with fellow Labour MPs and cabinet members, have been among the first-week duties of the new MP for Grimsby and Cleethorpes, Melanie Onn.

She will be sworn in at The House of Commons soon after being re-elected at an historic night at Grimsby Town Hall in the early hours of Friday, July 5. Ms Onn was the first female MP for Grimsby during her previous run, and has gone on to be the first MP for the newly-drawn up constituency of Grimsby and Cleethorpes. She had previously been MP between 2015 and 2019.

She arrived at Westminster on Monday and will be finding an office and staff to help her perform her duties. That includes setting up an email, so that residents can contact her.

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After sitting a few rows behind Sir Keir Starmer in his first speech to the House of Commons as Prime Minister, Ms Onn told Grimsby Live: "Mainly, I am focusing on making sure if people get in touch, they get a response, even if I can't sort their issues out right now.

"I am trying to take some time to enjoy these first few days, even if they are my second round of 'firsts'. But like most of us I am just keen to get up and running, representing the constituency."

The MP was among 412 members who posed for a photograph with Sir Keir Starmer in Church House. Across the road from the House of Commons, it was the only building with a room large enough to hold all members.

In The Commons, they watched The Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle re-elected and Diane Abbott become The Mother of the House, which is the title given to the longest, continuous-serving MP. There are now 263 female MPs in Parliament, which is over 40 per cent of all MPs.

Just shortly before 4am last Friday, Ms Onn was elected MP for Grimsby and Cleethorpes. After hugs to supporters and a flurry of interviews with broadcast media and press, she went home to soak it all in. She told Grimsby Live she enjoyed a glass of wine and watched the rest of the election results as they came in before falling asleep on her sofa at 7am.

She said she was out later in the day taking down Vote Labour signs from around the constituency. The MP has contacted Rob Walsh, the chief executive of North East Lincolnshire Council about Corporation Bridge and requested updates. She has also sought details of when the first meetings with the Leader of NELC, Councillor Philip Jackson can begin.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer (centre front) stands with Labour Party MPs, some of whom won seats in the 2024 General Election, at Church House in Westminster, central London -Credit:PA
Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer (centre front) stands with Labour Party MPs, some of whom won seats in the 2024 General Election, at Church House in Westminster, central London -Credit:PA

She said she has already responded to constituent enquiries, in particular about the travellers at Weelsby Woods, continuous fly tipping at residential sites and a concerning mass S21 eviction notice possibly being served by a local management agency, as well as meeting requests.

The MP now has her Parliamentary pass and has a "buddy" who is a non-affiliated assistant to guide MPs around, complete paperwork and introduce clerks, IT and security staff.

She also had a brief meeting with fellow Lincolnshire MPs, Sir Nic Dakin for Scunthorpe and Hamish Falconer for Lincoln. Ms Onn also spoke with Chancellor Rachel Reeves, who campaigned in Grimsby for her, as well as the new Secretaries of State for Transport, Health, Education, Science and Innovation and Technology.

Training sessions will also be undertaken by the new MPs. She also met with representatives of a business interested in locating and investing in Grimsby.